Harvard Undergrads Believe Inventing a Job is Better than Finding One
By: Trevor King
In the movie "The Social Netowork,” the infamous Winklevoss twins meet with Larry Summers, then President of Harvard University, to ask him to intervene on their behalf and assert their claims over the intellectual property rights of Facebook. Summers is not entertained, but leaves the two with some parting advice:
“Everyone at Harvard is inventing something. Harvard Undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job. So I suggest again that the two of you come up with a new project.”
This career advice seems more timely and true than ever given the current economic climate and job prospects for recent college graduates, who face the highest unemployment rates in the country. Our once stagnant economy is now starting to decay, which is evidenced by the loss of jobs and the dismantling of corporations and companies as more institutions in financial crisis declare bankruptcy. What we need is an infusion of invention and innovation.
The truth is that the rising generation is the best equipped to harness the technology and social media tools developed over the past decade because these tools are second nature to us—we grew up with them at our disposal! And we’re capable of applying these tools to help solve society’s pressing problems. Unsurprisingly, young people (like Mark Zuckerberg!) are making big waves in the entrepreneurial world as they pioneer the frontier of society and technology.
Yet, most recent college grads aren’t entrepreneurs, and they’re spending the majority of their time futilely looking for jobs in fading industries. We at SuperFutures urge you to look to YOURSELF to create opportunities and make real, lasting, impactful change. We even offer a course designed to help high school and college students do just that. Check out our Harvard-designed Passions Into Impact course and enroll today! Or, if you’re interested in career readiness and college prep, check out our course Discover Your Future.
Trevor King is a Dartmouth College graduate with a BA in Psychology, and is passionate about education. While he studied the brain sciences, he worked with the Chair of the Education Department to collect and edit student stories for publication by Cornell University Press. He served as an Editor of "Ethics of Exit" for the Afghanistan Project under the Naval Postgraduate School. He's also written for P.Diddy's fashion line, and has experience teaching and advising students at The Princeton Review, Kaplan, and Camp Invention.